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Life is crazy and it’s hard to keep it together, but we must persist for the children. Bang Data’s new music video is puro Loco. That’s why it’s also the title track from Oakland-based alternative band’s third studio album. [NSFW F-bomb.]

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POCHO favorites Mariachi Las Coronellasthe all-mujeres mariachi band from South Texas — continue their musical odyssey as they channel David Bowie’s 1973 Space Oddity, AKA “Ground Control to Major Tomas.”

The band was featured last weekend on Texas Public Radio with an hour long concert broadcast that includes Space Oddity, Theme from the Godfather, La LLorona, some Johnny Cash music, and lots more from bandleader Vanessa Del Fierro and the gang.

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warcincoThis 1981 single from WAR was the first time many non-Latinos heard of Cinco de Mayo. This photo shows the original guys at the Sunset Grill (7439 Sunset, next to their offices (Far Out Productions) at 7417 Sunset. The Guitar Center swallowed up 7417 a while back.

L-R: Charles Miller (sax, RIP), Lonnie Jordan (keyboards, the only original member in the new so-called WAR), Howard Scott (guitar, Lowrider Band), Harold Brown (drums, Lowrider Band), BB Dickerson (bass, Lowrider Band), Lee Oskar (harmonica, Lowrider Band). Not pictured, Papa Dee (RIP, percussion).

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Pocha Tatiana Maya ❤️ Being Mexican-American.


They’re weird. They’re Mexican. They play surf music. That’s why they named the band the Mexican Weirdoh’s Surf Band.

warcincoThis 1981 single from WAR was the first time many non-Latinos heard of Cinco de Mayo. This photo shows the original guys at the Sunset Grill (7439 Sunset, next to their offices (Far Out Productions) at 7417 Sunset. The Guitar Center swallowed up 7417 a while back.

L-R: Charles Miller (sax, RIP), Lonnie Jordan (keyboards, the only original member in the new so-called WAR), Howard Scott (guitar, Lowrider Band), Harold Brown (drums, Lowrider Band), BB Dickerson (bass, Lowrider Band), Lee Oskar (harmonica, Lowrider Band). Not pictured, Papa Dee (RIP, percussion).

[DISCLOSURE: I was WAR’s National Director of Album Promotion for a while and ate so often at the Sunset Grill (like in the Eagles song) I could run a tab.] [Mas…]

Unclear on the concept, Die Cooleros are living the dream (video)

by QUESO QUESEM September 29, 2015 Cultura
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Die Cooleros, a German pop band, say you should live the dream, or, as they put it, Lebe Deinen Traum. PREVIOUSLY ON CULEROS:

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From LatinoUSA: The unlikely story of Chicano Batman (audio, video)

by QUESO QUESEM June 16, 2015 Audio
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Southern California pochos Chicano Batman started out in the hood, lucked out with a spot at Coachella and then went on the road opening for Jack White. They shared their story with LatinoUSA. The band’s latest video is Cycles of Existential Rhyme:

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California Feetwarmers and LA Shag: Dance to ‘San’ (#TBT 1920s video)

by QUESO QUESEM June 4, 2015 Cultura

Throwback Thursday #TBT takes us back to the “jazz age, the Roaring Twenties” as The California Feetwarmers perform live in DTLA’s historic Union Station with the dance troupe LA Shag. The song is San:

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WAR (the original band): ‘Cinco de Mayo’ (1981 complete)

by Comic Saenz May 2, 2015 Audio
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This 1981 single from WAR was the first time many non-Latinos heard of Cinco de Mayo. This photo shows the original guys at the Sunset Grill (7439 Sunset, next to their offices (Far Out Productions) at 7417 Sunset. The Guitar Center swallowed up 7417 a while back. L-R: Charles Miller (sax, RIP), Lonnie Jordan (keyboards, […]

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What are you doing? What am I doing? Be careful out there!

by Kat Avila January 23, 2015 Cultura
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“What are you doing?” I asked the teenage boy who was gleefully tagging a repainted space at Santiago Park in Santa Ana. Alarmed, he jumped down the small ledge to look up at the bridge where I was standing. Others emerged from beneath the bridge to see where the stranger’s voice was coming from. There […]

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Mex techno duo in luchador masks rocks NYC subway station (video)

by QUESO QUESEM November 14, 2014 Cultura
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The band is called Chango and they played Wednesday in the Delancey Street Station in Lower Manhattan.

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Santa Barbara H.S. seniors hire mariachis to troll principal (video)

by Soy Capitan June 6, 2014 Cultura
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Seniors at Santa Barbara High School won this week’s Best Mariachis on the Internets award when they hired a four-piece band to follow the principal through the halls. The band played for over an hour and everything ended up copacetic — this video was uploaded by the hella cool official SBHS web person and the […]

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Mariachi wedding band plays ‘Super Mario Bros.’ theme (videos)

by Lucida Grandé May 9, 2014 Cultura
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It’s not every day mariachis dressed in white play the theme from the classic Nintendo (NES) game Super Mario Bros; you don’t get married every day either. This musical gift, according to the uploader, was a surprise from the bride to the groom. And here’s the Nintendo original:

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Mi Casa Es Tu Casa: Los Romanticos De Zacatecas (video)

by MOON GUAC May 9, 2014 Cultura
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Here’s how NPR Music producer Jasmine Garsd tells the story: For the first installment in the Mi Casa Es Tu Casa series with Fusion, a Mexican band invites Alt.Latino into its house for lively conversation and great music. Ever since I moved to Mexico City, I’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of music at my […]

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Abuela Mexi-twerks to marimba street band (video)

by MOON GUAC April 7, 2014 Cultura
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When a killer marimba street band starts laying down epic beats, what’s Abuelita to do? Dance, dance baby.

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Alt.surf.punk.cumbia? Thee Commons: ‘Sunburn at Midnight’ (video)

by MOON GUAC November 20, 2013 Cultura
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The band is Thee Commons from East Los and they debut officially on BrotherScienceTV’s Rewind on YouTube today. Since you asked, it’s Lion on guitar, Monkey on drums and Wolf on bass.

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Los Master Plus, Mexican hipster music duo, loves pochos

by Sara Inés Calderón May 13, 2013 Cultura
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If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like for a Mexican hipster to remake some of your favorite English-language songs in an alternative cumbia style while wearing hipster mustaches and silver sneakers, you need look no further than Los Master Plus. I first heard of the Guadalajara duo with their remake of King of […]

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Café Tacvba: The surf’s up in ‘Olita Del Altamar’ (video)

by QUESO QUESEM February 25, 2013 Cultura
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Here’s the latest from Mexican alt.rockers Café Tacvba AKA Café Tacuba. It’s all about the waves, dude. ¡Mira the waves!

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David Byrne: ‘Miss America,’ ‘Make-Believe Mambo’ (music videos)

by QUESO QUESEM July 13, 2012 Cultura
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LUNCHTIME JAM: “I love America, but boy can she be cruel,” ritmo maniac David Byrne sings. Yes, he is wearing a kilt. And chair dance with more Byrne, this time in mambo-land:

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Behind La Musica: Meet Tejano band ‘Los Mojados Guapos’ (video)

by QUESO QUESEM June 27, 2012 Cultura
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VH Juan takes an up close and personal look at superstar Tejano band Los Mojados Guapos in this short segment from Behind La Musica.

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L.A. group It’s Casual wants you to ‘Take the Red Line’

by Bronco del Camino March 31, 2012 Cultura
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It’s easy being green when you Take the Red Line. Rock metal skaters It’s Casual recommend public transportation.

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